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  • Students of St. Anne’s Infant and RJR Basic schools in Kingston will have stories read to them on World Storytelling Day, being celebrated on Thursday, March 20.
  • The two events, which will begin at 10:00 a.m., are part of activities by the JCDC to celebrate World Storytelling Day.
  • The Commission will be seeking to promote the oral tradition of storytelling and to encourage as many persons as possible to share stories.

Students of St. Anne’s Infant and RJR Basic schools in Kingston will have stories read to them on World Storytelling Day, being celebrated on Thursday, March 20.

The two events, which will begin at 10:00 a.m., are part of activities by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) to celebrate the day. World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling, when people listen to stories in many languages and at as many places as possible.

Director, Marketing and Public Relations, JCDC, Stephen Davidson, said the Commission will be seeking to promote the oral tradition of storytelling and to encourage as many persons as possible to share stories.

“As the premier cultural agency in charge of developing new talent, we want to take the opportunity and lead in the celebrations through our Literary Arts Unit of the JCDC,” he said.

He is encouraging Jamaican storytellers to join in the events being organised by the JCDC islandwide.

“We want to encourage a replication of that across the island and for persons in different parishes to take the time out to tell a story and pass on our history, our culture and our tradition,” he said, adding that persons could read stories written by Jamaicans, including those done by winners of the Jamaica Creative Writing Competition.

“We want to encourage persons to use Jamaican stories that can inspire and motivate our children and young people,” he said.

Meanwhile, World Poetry Day will be celebrated on Friday, March 21. Mr. Davidson said the Commission is finalising plans to host a ‘Poetry Hour’ in Kingston, to showcase Gold Medal winning poems  of the Commission’s literary arts competitions.

Mr. Davidson noted that World Poetry Day is a time to appreciate poets and poetry, “as a rich part of our tradition which is important to the fabric of our afro centric forms.”

The day is celebrated on March 21 each year and is an initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCCO).